Chinese Archeologists Discover 2,000-Year-Old Coins in Central China’s Sanmenxia City


July 26, 2018

A team of Chinese archeologists has found 504 spade coins at a construction site in Sanmenxia City in central China’s Henan Province. According to experts, these coins are about 2,000 years old and date back to the mid to late Spring and Autumn Period (771 B.C.– 476 B.C.).

Researchers unearthed a total of 504 coins from a clay pottery cooker. Of these coils, 434 are intact and in good shape.

No signs of ancient tombs were found at the excavation site.

“It is rare to see such a large number of the coins so well preserved,” said Li Shuqian, head of the local museum.

Shaqian said it is a significant finding for studying China’s history of currency.

According to Xinhua News, spade coins were shape like a space or weeding tool and were used during the Zhou Dynasty of China that existed from 1045 B.C. to 256 B.C. In 221 B.C., Emperor Qin Shihuang abolished space coins after unifying currency in China.

Sanmenxia City is located in central China’s Henan province. Earlier this month, a team of archaeologist had discovered 21 large tombs, six horse pits, and about 500 ancient artifacts (made of copper and jade) at Shangshihe village tomb complex in Sanmenxia City. Archeologists revealed that these tombs belonged to an ancient Chinese royal family from the Spring and Autumn Period (771-476 BC).  Remains of 28 horses were found at this site and these remains are believed to be about 2,700 years old. Excavation revealed horses lying on their sides and accompanied by dogs. The team also unearthed bronzeware, ceramics and ancient food vessels from the tomb complex.

In another important archeological discovery last year, villagers in eastern China unearthed thousands of ancient coins while constructing a house in Cha village in Fuliang county, Jiangxi province. The Cha village is located near Jingdezhen, the famed “capital of porcelain.” The treasure weighed around 5.6 tonnes and dated back 800 years to the Song Dynasty (960-1279) period.

After the discovery in October last year, Feng Ruqin, head of Fuliang County Museum, told the local newspaper that haul consisted of approximately 300,000 pieces of copper coinage. They were either assets of some civic or business group that hid them for future use. It is also possible that they were the property of some local bank.

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